I have dreamed for years and years to own a bakery cafe. I currently work in a stable career where I make a decent living, but am getting worn out. I recently found a building for sale right in the neighborhood that I'd like to have a bakery, and which is in great need of a bakery. Despite the nice surrounding businesses and homes the building is not in the best shape, but might be a fair price. It is currently an office building and home (connected) so there is no existing kitchen aside from a very old home kitchen from the 20's.
If I went ahead with the purchase there would be quite a bit of work needed to get the building suitable for what I envision.
I looked at some other forums about the cost of building a commercial kitchen in a new space, but I'm curious about building in an existing space that is not set up electrically or even structurally. Does anyone have any advice or experience in doing anything like this? I am wondering about the practicality of having a mortgage payment and finding funding for a remodel.
I'd also like to say that I am a good baker (but will need more schooling) and though I am passionate about it, where my strengths lay now is in managing/directing and have a good head for business in general.
Thank you any feed back would be very helpful!